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According to the Director of leather goods maker P M Tito’s, the import of cheap leather products is jeopardising the local manufacturers’ survival, job creation and lowering government revenues from the sector.
Paul Michael, Director of P M Tito’s, a specialist in leather goods and garments maker was speaking at the 39th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair expressing his concern about the inflow of fake and cheap leather products, depriving the country of revenue, with low prices that are not competitive against the country’s own products. He also claimed the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) should be more severe in checking imports, especially with shipments of leather footwear and garments.
Tanzania could currently produce up to 94 million square feet of leather but due to smuggling issues it is only able to produce around 62 million square feet. The eight leather processors are currently working at 46.4% of their installed capacity.